Last week my son Everest and I were in the grocery store. I browsed canned goods while he read signs. As he yelled out words like ‘sale’ and ‘today’ a woman approached us and complimented his skills. With gratitude he proudly exclaimed that he’d just learned to read. She seemed quite impressed as she asked where Everest attends school. He told her he schools at home, and then it happened. She blurted, “Why?!” I was not alarmed, as she wasn’t the first to ask this. In fact, I am asked regularly, in conjunction with other questions, why we homeschool.
Why We Homeschool
Birthdays: Despite being ready for school, Everest missed the birthday cutoff for Pre-K, which began our homeschooling inquiry.
No child left behind: What if my child caught the concept a week ago? Oh yes, he’ll be the bored kid in the back coloring on the desks.
Teachers teach their concepts their ways: What if my child doesn’t learn that way? Well, we won’t know until he bombs a test, in which case, I’ll be at home re-teaching him a concept (and homeschooling anyway).
The Bottom Line
Let’s face it, there are tons of reasons to homeschool. And we explain those reasons to strangers, family and friends until we are blue in the face, but ultimately we are the parents. These children are our responsibility and we must decide what is best. No matter the reason, our family has decided it is best to school at home.
What about you and your family? Why do you homeschool?
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